#AskLuca: Learning on the ISS

This week’s #AskLuca features a variety of questions about the ISS and Luca’s personal journey. There’s still so much to learn about Luca and his incredible experience and I’m so grateful that I’m continuing to learn through great questions from you! Keep reading to learn about the scientific goals of this ISS mission, who inspired Luca when he was young, and much more!

Join the #AskLuca Experience!

If you have questions for Luca that you would like answered you can submit them here. I will pick several questions to ask Luca each week on either Twitter or Google+ and when I get his answers I will post them here on my blog. You can follow the hashtag #AskLuca on either Google+ or Twitter to follow our conversations. This is already turning into a great adventure! Stay Tuned!

Question 1Question 1: Scientific Goals

 -asked by David , @drkronmiller

Question: Luca, what is the scientific goal of your ISS mission?

Luca’s Answer: An expedition doesn’t have a specific goal, but it’s part of a greater plan which is the ISS science, technology and exploration plan. You can read all about it on the different Space Agencies websites.

Question 2: Window Mysteries Question 2

 -asked by Lee, @ShuttleAlmanac

Question: There are 14 windows on Zvezda. Some confusion suggests only 13. Some of which are almost never seen. Can you take photos of Windows 12, 13 & 14 in the Zvezda forward transfer compartment next to the docking hub? Also windows 3, 4 & 5 on the Zvezda floor? These windows are always hidden by stowed items. It would solve a mystery why they are never photographed. Thank you.

Luca’s Answer: A lot of the environment in Zvezda is covered by experiments that are proprietary, and that’s why you don’t see pictures – not much of a mystery!

Question 3Question 3: Teacher Inspiration

 -asked by Anneloes, @AnneloesF

Question: I would like to know: Which teacher has particularly inspired him, and why?

Luca’s Answer: I liked a lot of my teachers, I was blessed with people that loved what they did, and helped us students love their subject. One particular teacher that marked my love for science is my High School Biology, Chemistry and Astronomical Geography teacher (3 subjects in 3 different years, but the same teacher!). He’s an amazing person, and put all he had in teaching us his subjects.

Question 4: Sunsets from the ISS Question 4

 -asked by Hardy, @NHB_space

Question: How many of your sunsets do you actually experience while working and not actively looking out a window or the cupola?

Luca’s Answer: None: unless I look outside, I have no idea there’s a sunset or a sunrise going on.

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